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Consider briefly how our ability to connect with people has changed over the last few centuries. In the beginning our connections were largely limited to people who lived around us simply because it was too far to travel to stay in contact with people, then as transportation improved the reach of those connections began to expand, perhaps as far as several hundred miles away. The advent of the telephone allowed those connections to expand even further. The pattern has continued until we're now at the point where we can instantly communicate with almost anyone in any part of the world and it is likely that innovation and technology will drive our ability to connect even faster, and even further.
The concept of online social networking is not a fad, the sites we visit and the tools we use will surely change in the coming years, but the principle of using digital media through social networks is here to stay, it will become an ever increasing part of our lives. Also, as you may have started to realize if you consistently follow the suggestions in this course, you may quickly find yourself with a very large network. You may have wondered how can I keep up with all of this, part of the answer lies in social networking.
It is a fairly effective tool to help anyone maintain connections with larger groups of people. Because of these reasons social networks deserve our attention. As were talking about personal connections with human beings, the principles involved are the same in the digital world as the physical world. You want to give first, use people's names, focus on the person and maintain regular contact. However, the ways in which we use these principles changes considerably in the following videos we'll discuss some of the systems and tools you can use to foster stronger connections in the digital age.
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